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This assortment assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing by means of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Part of the attention-getting visuals of the ad are the use of all caps, bold face, italics, and layout design. But the narrative importance of the fact that Hayden was formerly a slave in Kentucky is given prominence over cost and quality of the goods for sale. The mention of his slave status is also striking because Hayden would be well known not only to those in the Boston area but to abolitionists generally as a key operator of the underground railroad. His was the house, for instance, in which William Craft—author of the very popular slave narrative, One Hundred Miles to Freedom—hid while his wife Ellen posed as a white woman elsewhere.

In other words, the very guts of the narrative have been removed. Jones had used figures and letters pertaining to the financial end of his journey from slavery to freedom as key signifiers—references to material contexts that would lend the narrative a form of reality that white readers would surely understand. Without that explicit unit of measure, Jones’s story loses the power of the humanitarian narrative to invoke social justice. The Experience of Uncle Tom Jones loses all of its strength and much of its realism.

Throughout the course of his story, Jones makes a point of recounting his struggle in financial terms. ”39 In the preface, Jones makes the terms of the trade clear: purchase and perusal will strengthen the reader’s moral conviction. Throughout the narrative he provides concrete figures to record his struggle, using this accounting as a way to tell his story. 33 from another congregation he addressed. Rather than round off figures, he records them to the penny, registering through these accounts the precise cost of freedom in his personal finances.

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